Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to face Paul Parker on June 30
The boxing world is taking notice of what writers and hardcore boxing fans in Southern California have known for some time. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy has devastating knockout power and is now displaying his talents for a greater television audience.
The Ukraine-born fighter will fight Paul Parker in a battle of unbeatens on Tuesday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Penn. The 10-round cruiserweight bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Deportes, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
The telecast will also mark the final one under contract with Golden Boy Promotions.
Shabranskyy (13-0, 11 KOs), who now resides in the Los Angeles area, has built a reputation of being a devastating puncher, fighting on club shows in Southern California, from the Quiet Cannon in Montebello to the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood.
The 28-year-old Shabranskyy caught the eye of Oscar De La Hoya, who was sitting ringside at a charity fight card in May of 2014 at the Pier in Santa Monica. Shabranskyy made quick work of Paul Vasquez, knocking him out in 23 seconds of the first round. Shabranskyy signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy weeks later.
In his last bout on March 12, Shabranskyy stopped Fabiano Pena after the fifth round in San Antonio, Texas. That bout opened an HBO Latino telecast. Tuesday’s fight will be Shabranskyy’s second time fighting on the East Coast and first time in the “City of Brotherly Love.”
“The will be my first headlining event and I am ready to entertain and prove to all the fans in Philadelphia that I am worthy of my [regional] title and am a serious contender in the light heavyweight division,” said Shabranskyy.
In his last bout on Aug. 22, Parker (7-0, 4 KOs) stopped Brian Holstein in the first round in Columbus, Ohio. It was his first scheduled eight-round bout after fighting only four-rounders.
The 30-year-old Parker has stopped his last two opponents.
In other televised bouts:
– D’Mitrius Ballard will fight Josue Ovando in a six-round super middleweight bout.
– Opening the “Golden Boy Live!” telecast will be Lamont Roach versus Christian Santibanez in a six-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.